For those in the know, UNC often stands for the University of National Champions. This spring, Carolina has several teams in strong contention for championship honors, and they are all on display today. Here’s a rundown of the sports that have games today and how you can watch them.
The women’s field hockey enter the Field Hockey Championship tournament as the #1 overall seed with a 16-1 record. Led by ACC Offensive Player of the Year Erin Matson, the Tar Heels had a first round bye and will play Stanford after the Cardinal defeated Miami of Ohio yesterday in Chapel Hill.
Carolina is riding a 15-game winning streak, but have won their last four games in overtime. They’ll not want to play on such fine margins now that they’re in the tournament, as any unlucky knock of the ball could spell doom.
The game can be viewed on ESPN3 or the ESPN app at noon.
The @NCAAFieldHcky Tournament starting today has us thinking about Carolina's 2019 title run @UNCFieldHockey's first game of the 2021 tournament is Sunday at Noon at Karen Shelton Stadium! #GoHeels x @DeltaDentalNC pic.twitter.com/c8wEThOIu6— UNC Tar Heels (@GoHeels) April 30, 2021
The #1 ranked women’s lacrosse team play Syracuse to decide the ACC championship. Carolina is undefeated on the season and look a solid bet to earn coach Jenny Levy her third national championship.
The Heels advanced to the ACC Tournament by humiliating Notre Dame in the semifinals, scoring 18 consecutive goals after sporting the Irish a 2-0 lead, breaking their backs and making them humble.
The ACC women’s lacrosse tournament is also in Chapel Hill. The final can be seen on ACCN starting at noon.
The Diamond Heels fell juuuust short in their comeback bid against Notre Dame in South Bend yesterday, losing Game 2 (and the series) 13-12. Details of the series will be up on Tar Heel Blog after the conclusion of the series tomorrow.
Carolina will try to salvage a win out of the series and avoid carrying a losing record (currently sitting on a 20-20 record) for the first time this season. Opening pitch is scheduled for 1pm on ACCN Xtra.
.— Carolina Baseball (@DiamondHeels) May 1, 2021
The Tar Heels scored 10 runs in the last three innings but the late rally wasn't quite enough. pic.twitter.com/FdvOyVl3IQ
Here’s your headliner for the day.
At the beginning of the season, both UNC lacrosse teams were ranked #1 in the country. An overtime 11-12 loss to Duke in Durham was followed by a 16-18 loss to Virginia in Chapel Hill, costing Carolina its top spot.
Now the Heels have a chance to exact a measure of revenge. With no ACC tournament this year, a Duke win will give the Blue Devils an outright ACC championship. A Carolina victory will give the two teams a share of the ACC regular season championship as both teams prepare for the NCAA tournament.
This is a huge game, with Duke ranked #2 and Carolina right behind at #3. With the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament taking place at Dorrance Field, this game will be played in Kenan Stadium. It all kicks off on ACCN at 4pm.
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS— UNC Men's Lacrosse (@UNCMensLacrosse) May 1, 2021
The boys have been BALLIN this season and tomorrow the ACC TITLE is on the line. Time to turn up the HEAT
SUNDAY. 4PM. ACCN.
UNC V. dook#FamilyAcademicsLacrosse pic.twitter.com/eQrzHH6Sn2
Wrapping up the day’s action, men’s soccer begins their NCAA Tournament run against the Charlotte 49ers in Cary, NC. The Tar Heels have had a long lay-off since they last played, earning a thrilling 1-0 win over Duke.
Great day to beat Duke!— UNC Men's Soccer (@UNCmenssoccer) April 12, 2021
Great team win to close out the regular season!
Highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Ao0zotGYt9
Charlotte is ranked #14 in the country, with UNC sitting at #16. If the Heels make it past Charlotte, they’ll likely take on Stanford, the high-seed in their region, in the third round. This game is not on ESPN’s TV or streaming schedule, and will have to be streamed on NCAA.com. Kick-off is at 5pm.